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Dr Angelina Sanderson Bellamy

Dr Angelina Sanderson Bellamy

Senior Research Fellow

School of Biosciences

Available for postgraduate supervision


Dr Sanderson Bellamy is a Senior Research Fellow in the Sustainable Places Research Institute. Her expertise encompasses food production systems, land use and land cover change, ecological resilience and ecosystem services. She uses a social-ecological framework and interdisciplinary methods to investigate the drivers, particularly governance and support structures, of environmental change and the impact of land management on the delivery of ecosystem services. Her experience draws from working across Latin American and UK food landscapes, and she is the Principle Investigator for TGRAINS, a UKRI-funded project on how to make UK regional food systems healthier and more environmentally sustainable.


Before working at Cardiff University, Dr Sanderson Bellamy worked as a Research Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Stanford University’s Wood’s Institute for the Environment. Her research career has been based at interdisciplinary research institutes, where she enjoys collaborating with colleagues across social, natural and physical sciences to tackle today’s grand challenges. Dr Sanderson Bellamy’s undergraduate degree is in Human Biology from Stanford and her PhD is in Ecology from Stockholm University.

Previous appointments:

Office of Multicultural Affairs, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University, Programme Director for InTeGrate Programme at Stanford, Stanford, CA

Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Research Fellow

Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University, Research Fellow

International Geosphere Biosphere Program (IGBP), Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences Science Editor

Stockholm Environment Institute Research Fellowship, Vulnerability Programme

World Bank, Development Research Group, Research Consultant


Geographies of Food Governance Masters module, Co-convener (17 contact hours; 2016-2019)

I have previously developed and run the following modules:

Teaching Science Pedagogy postdoc workshop, Convener (Stanford University: 17 hours; 2014, 2015)

Environmental Science module, Convener (Stanford University90 contact hours; 2013, 2014)

International Climate Agreements PhD module, Convener (Stockholm University: 20 contact hours; 2011)

My experience draws from working across Latin American and UK food landscapes. I am passionate about investigating ways in which we can successfully transform our food systems to deliver environmental sustainability, healthy diets and just outcomes.

I am working on / have run the following research projects:

Wales: Policy implementation of biodiversity and ecosystem resilience (PI, funded by RSPB; partners: RSPB, Natural Resource Wales, Welsh Government)

UK: TGRAINS: Novel approaches to creating more resilient regional food systems (PI, funded by UKRI; partners: Rothamsted Research, Northumbria University, Newcastle University, Scotland Rural College)

Mexico: Governance gaps between land use policy and coastal zone conservation (co-I, funded by British Academy; partners: UNAM, ECOSUR, Healthy Reefs); biocultural diversity for resilience (PI, funded by UKRI GCRF; partners: Northumbria University, UNAM, National Musuem Wales, Universidad Iberoamericana; Amigos de Sian Ka'an, Xyaat, Scrumptious Productions and Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Research Institute); Pathways to alternative futures for women of the Mayan Forest Alliance (PI, funded by ESRC IAA GCRF)

Costa Rica, Brazil and Colombia: Social and environmental impact of food certification (PI, funded by British Academy; partners: UWE Bristol, UNA Costa Rica, EARTH University Costa Rica, Universidad Pontificia Javieriana, Universidade de Fortaleza Brazil)

Brazil: Sustainable soils: climate change mitigation practices for family farms (PI, funded by GCRF; Universidade de Campinas); Sustainable artisanal gold mining (partner, UKRI; partners: Universidade de Campinas).

UK, France, Brazil, USA, Italy: Agroecological Transitions for Territorial Food Systems (partner, funded by EU Horizon 2020; partners: Institut National de Recherche Pour L'Agriculture, L'Alimentation et L'Enviornnement, Centre de Cooperation Internationale en Recharche Agronomique Pour Le Developpement, Coventry University, Universita di Pisa, Centro Internazionale di Altistudi Agronomici Mediterranei, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janiero, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, University of Oregon)

GRANTS (3.5 million GBP total; ~ £1 million as PI):

External (£2,399,926 total):

2020 UKRI Cultures, Behaviours and Histories of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition: Strengthening biocultural resilience of Maya Food Systems to engage sustainably with tourism development. £200,000, PI

2020 H2020-MSCA-RISE Grant: Agroecological Transitions for Territorial Food Systems. £945,196, project partner

2019 Global Food Security Programme (ESRC, NERC, BBSRC & Scottish Govt): TGRAINS: Transforming Food System Relationships. £656,000, PI

2018 UKRI GCRF Networking Grant: Implementing sustainability in artisanal and small-scale mining: the case of the Peixoto de Azevedo gold district, northern Brazil. £24,930, project partner

2017 British Academy GCRF Sustainable Development Programme: CERTAIN: Certification Evaluation Toolkit and Methods for inspiring consumer trust. £9,500, PI

2017 British Academy GCRF Sustainable Development Programme: The Environment/ Security Nexus at Sea: Reaching UN SDGs through Ocean Governance. £8,900, co-I

2016 British Academy GCRF Sustainable Development Programme: Integrating Policies on Land Use Changes and Coastal Zone Management to Deliver Food Security and Environmental Conservation: The Role of Private and Public Governance. £310,000, co-I

2014 National Science Foundation grant (USA): The InTeGrate programme at Stanford. £32,400, co-I

2012 Swedish Research Council (Formas) Postdoctoral Fellowship: Household-scale drivers of land use changes in Costa Rica. £213,000, PI

Internal (£1,127,916 total):

2020 Cardiff University GCRF Catalyst Grant: Transforming resilience across water and food systems. £1,000,000, co-

2020 ESRC Impact Acceleration: Working Co-operatively for Sustainable and Just Food System Transformations in Wales: 2040. £3575, co-I

2020 ESRC Festival of Social Science: People’s Assembly on The Future of the Welsh Food System. £800, co-I

2020 Cardiff University GCRF Small Project: Sustainable Soils Visiting Fellowship. £8,100, PI

2020 Cardiff University GCRF Small Project: Developing effective food security: management strategies for conservation of local livestock breeds and crop varieties under climate change in Zambia. £39,471, project partner

2019 Cardiff University GCRF Small Project: Sustainable Soils. £36,505, PI

2018 Cardiff University GCRF International Collaboration: Stakeholder workshop on supporting biocultural diversity for resilience, Mexico. £10,000, PI

2017 Cardiff University International Collaboration Seed corn Grant: CERTAIN: Certification Evaluation Toolkit and Rainforest Alliance £6,640, PI

2017 ESRC Impact Acceleration GCRF: Giving women a voice: Pathways to alternative futures for women of the Mayan Forest Alliance. £3,000, PI

2016 ESRC Impact Acceleration GCRF: Rainforest Alliance: Creating meaningful standards with positive environmental impacts for agricultural production systems. £3,325, PI

2017-2019 Cardiff University CUROP programme: £1600 x 3 undergraduate student research placements, PI

2012 Dean’s Diversity Fellowship, Stanford University: Merit based fellowship. £11,700


I work across many different aspects of the food system, focusing on aspects of sustainability and resilience. I use both quantitative and qualitative methods, principally interview and ecological sampling methods.

Current supervision

Daniela De Fex Wolf

Research student

Lydia Beaman

Research student

Past projects

I have supervised / line managed:

  • 6 undergraduate students: UC Berkeley, Northeastern University and Cardiff University (47 months full time research supervision);
  • 7 master students: Stockholm University, Swedish Agricultural University and Cardiff University
  • 1 PhD student: Cardiff University
  • 2 postdoctoral researchers: Cardiff University



REF Impact Case Study, Lead, single author: Changing standards to increase biodiversity and environmental protection on banana plantations worldwide

ITV Documentary: Farmers under fire. 9 Mar 2020. Available

Radio New Zealand: History of bananas. New Zealand national radio broadcasting company. 28 July 2019. Available at: programmes/sunday/audio/2018706100/angelina-sanderson-bellamy-the-history-of-bananas

Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts, May 2017: Gave a talk titled: “Food Certifications – Are They Worth the Paper They are Written on?”

Bananageddon Documentary produced by Imperial College London: Provided an interview for inclusion in documentary and advised on content.

Engagement and Impact Partners: RSPB, WWF, Food Sense Wales, Landworkers Alliance, Food Foundation, Social Farms and Gardens, Sustainable Food Places, Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, Rainforest Alliance, Natural Resource Wales, Welsh Government, Mexico Centre for Environmental Law, Amigos de Sian Ka'an, Xyaat, Scrumptious Productions Filming company, Natural Museum Wales, Wales Farming Union.

Leadership roles:

Welsh Government Expert group on Ecosystem restoration and resilience: advise the Implementation Group in its delivery of Welsh Government’s Nature Recovery Action Plan.

Food Policy Alliance Cymru: member of an alliance of 8 organizations (inc. RSPB, WWF, Food Sense Wales, Landworkers’ Alliance, Food Farming & Countryside Commission, Social Farms & Gardens) advocating for food system policy approaches.

Diversity in Leadership Task & Finish Group, Cardiff University: create an action plan to increase diversity in leadership roles.

Cardiff University Ecosystem Resilience and Biodiversity Action Plan steering group: developing CU’s first ERBAP

Continuing Professional Development course for Welsh Govt and Natural Resource Wales: Implementing place-based and co-productive approaches. Developed and ran two 2-day workshops with 50 participants.

Rainforest Alliance Expert advisor on Agrochemical use: advise on certification standards on appropriate approaches for the use of agrochemicals for different crop sectors.

Associate Editor, Ambio (from 2018)

Future Earth UK Early Career Research Network Steering Committee: Responsible for promoting and building up the network for the Future Earth UK ECRN.

Review Editor, Frontiers in Environmental Science, Land Use Dynamics Journal (from 2018)

Reviewer: BBSRC, US NSF, ESRC grant applications; journal articles (+15 journals).

2013 Rising Environmental Leaders Program, Stanford University: 1-year program to translate and communicate science for policy.